Friday, October 15, 2004                         Edition: #2888
Eat, Breath Sheet!

TONIGHT at Madison Square Garden in New York, an adult contemporary-themed concert will bring together Martina McBride, Celine Dion, Josh Groban & Five for Fighting (a promotion by NYC’s 106.7 Lite FM) . . . TONIGHT Regis Philbin will be the roastmaster as this year’s annual “Friars Club Celebrity Roast” flames Donald Trump in New York . . . Thanks to the NHL lock-out, SATURDAY night is “Movie Night in Canada” on CBC-TV as host Ron MacLean introduces 3 films – “Dinosaur”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jaws” (Watch for Don Cherry be on ‘Director’s Corner’ – “These foreigners chasing the ark are wimps …”) . . . NBC-TV will solicit viewer feedback on how SUNDAY night’s episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” should end, then the ending will be revealed on the OCTOBER 24th episode (both potential endings will be available on the network’s Website) . . . Surprise, surprise – “Us Weekly” reports Nicky Hilton’s quickie Vegas marriage AUGUST 15th to money manager Todd Meister is about to end in annulment (wow, seems these middle-of-the-night, booze-fueled marriages just aren’t working) . . . 58-year-old “Shall We Dance” co-star Susan Sarandon has taken up dancing in real life – belly dancing that is, as a way to stay in shape (no wonder “Playboy” mag is still after her) . . . NBC’s “Today” anchor Katie Couric & “That ’70s Show” producer Tom Werner (also co-owner of the Boston Red Sox) have split up after a 4-year romance (ironically he just recently finally got a divorce) . . . Construction of the $190 million set for “King Kong”, to be directed by “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson, is rumored to be way behind schedule (hey, building a replica of the Empire State Building takes time) . . . ABC News has accidentally posted Sharon Osbourne’s obituary on its Website, a spokesperson quickly apologizing and blaming a technical error (yeah, that she’s still alive) . . . Promotion of the year? London’s X-FM radio is offering  £10,000 in a contest where listeners compete to track down the most celebs and get them to call the morning show, which so far has attracted calls from actresses Dame Judi Dench and Kate Winslet – who offered to giveaway her underwear!

• Britney Spears – She tells Germany’s “Bunte” magazine she wants to change her name to Britney Federline, but ‘society’ probably won’t let her.
• Lloyd Banks – The G-Unit rapper has a deal with adult entertainment company Digital Sin to direct the video “Groupie Luv”. (They just took a camera backstage?)
• P Diddy – He says the hardest thing he’s ever done, but also the most rewarding, was acting in the Broadway show “A Raisin in the Sun”. He admits he suffered stage fright during every performance and on one occasion was so nervous he got diarrhea while onstage. (Um, that’s too much information, P.)
• Bjork – The wacked Icelandic singer claims she turned down the chance to star as one of “Charlie’s Angels”. She says she was offered an audition before the parts were given to Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz & Lucy Liu.
• Sum 41 – TONIGHT they’re on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”.

• “Team America: World Police” (R-rated Comedy): Marionette superheros fight to end terrorism and put tired celebrities out of their misery. To avoid a dreaded NC-17 rating for this political satire, “South Park” creators Matt Stone & Trey Parker had to trim a puppet sex scene – and in the process racked up millions of dollars worth or free publicity. Still, the film carries an MPAA warning of ‘Graphic, crude and sexual humor, violent images and strong language … all involving puppets.’ (“Pinnochio” it ain’t!)
• “Shall We Dance?” (PG-13 Romantic Comedy): Richard Gere plays a lonely workaholic who avoids his wife (Susan Sarandon) & family by spending long hours at the office. On a train ride home, he sees a beautiful woman (Jennifer Lopez) in the window of a dance studio and impulsively signs up for ballroom dancing lessons. The filming location was moved to Winnipeg from Toronto because of the SARS ‘scare’ in early 2003. About $4,000 worth of jewelry that Susan Sarandon wore during shooting was stolen from a vehicle on the set but later  recovered at a murder scene in a downtown Winnipeg hotel room.

“Mr Smith Goes to Washington” may have won Turner Classic Movies’ poll of top political movie ever, but James Stewart’s character would likely fold if he met ‘President James Marshall’ in a dark alley. ‘President Marshall’, the Harrison Ford role in “Air Force One”, has been selected by “Maxim” magazine as the greatest movie president of all-time. ‘Marshall’ defeated such chief executives as ‘Thomas Whitmore’ (“Independence Day”), ‘Mays Gilliam’ (“Head of State”) and ‘Dave Kovic’ (“Dave”). In fact, the final battle was between ‘Marshall’ and ‘Merkin Muffley’, the Adlai Stevenson-inspired president in “Dr Strangelove”. (‘Marshall’ wonn but ‘Muffley’ has funnier phone calls.)
– “Maxim” NOVEMBER issue.

Japan’s Casio Corp has developed a digital camera that can blend 2 photos without the need of a personal computer. When the ‘combine’ button is pushed, the camera’s software ‘stitches’ 2 pictures together by correcting color and contrast mismatches. (Well, seems [co-host’s] wife CAN get a breast enhancement., after all.)
– “New Scientist”

Condom maker Durex surveyed more than 350,000 people worldwide for its annual poll and found the global average for frequency of lovemaking is 103 times per year. Other highlights …
• France is on top when it comes to frequency (137 times a year), followed by Greece (133), and Hungary (131). America ranks in the middle of the pack at 111 times. At the bottom of the frequency spectrum – Singapore (79) and Japan (46).
• Worldwide average time devoted to foreplay – 19.7 minutes.
• Fully 40% of Japanese say they have faked an orgasm in the past year.
• More than a third of lovers worldwide admit to having used pornography to spice things up.
Get more results here – NET:

The Holiday Inn chain loses more than 550,000 towels a year to light-fingered customers. An international study by the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology concludes that British consumers have the worst attitude about taking things from hotel bedrooms. It is estimated that up to 5% of hotel towels disappear each year in the UK. (But NO one seems to steal the complimentary toothbrushes.)
– “Hartford Courant”

“D&D” TURNS 30:
“Dungeons & Dragons”, the role-playing game created by Gary Gygax & Dave Arneson in 1974, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Game fans worldwide will be gathering SATURDAY to mark the occasion by attempting to set a record for the largest-ever gathering of game players. Also celebrating the anniversary – a new coffee-table book, “30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons”, is being released that includes contributions from actor Vin Diesel, “The Daily Show’s” Stephen Colbert, musician Ben Kweller and others.

1. Acid-Wash and Ripped Jeans
2. Shoulder Pads
3. Flannel
4. The Dancer Look
5. Tie-Dye
– “Ladies’ Home Journal”


1959 [45] Emeril Lagasse, Fall River MA, TV chef born to a Portuguese mother and a French-Canadian father (Food Network-“Emeril”, “Emeril Live”)/restaurateur (owns restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando)  QUOTE: “Bam!”

1959 [45] Sarah Ferguson (‘Fergie’), London UK, Duchess of York/Prince Andrew’s ex-/Weight Watchers spokesperson/sometime newspaper columnist

1969 [35] Vanessa Marcil, Indio CA, TV actress (‘Sam Marquez’ on “Las Vegas” since 2003)

1970 [34] Eric Benét (Jordan), Milwaukee WI, R&B singer (“Spend My Life With You”)/ex-Mr Halle Berry

1970 [34] Ginuwine (Elgin Baylor Lumpkin), Washington DC, hip-hop singer (“So Anxious”)

Actress Angela Lansbury is 79; TV baseball analyst Tim McCarver (FOX-TV) is 63; Actor Tim Robbins is 46; Rock guitarist Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 42; NHLer Paul Kariya is 30; Singer/songwriter John Mayer is 27.

Country singer Alan Jackson is 46; Comedian/actor Norm Macdonald is 41; Pop singer Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC) is 33; Rapper Eminem (Marshall Mathers III) is 32; Singer/producer Wyclef Jean is 32; TV actress Sharon Leal (“Boston Public”) is 32; Rock musician Sergio Andrade (Lifehouse) is 27.

TODAY is “National Grouch Day”, a day to be grumpy, ungrateful and cantankerous, and a day to allow grouches everywhere time to spout off.

TODAY is “World Poetry Day”, a good day to sample some ‘modern poetry’ by reading the inane lyrics to a hit song over a mushy violin background track. You can find dumb lyrics on CD liner notes or online here –

TODAY is “My Mom is a Student Day”, when kids are to show support for moms who’ve gone back to school by giving gifts of school supplies. (They should also ask mom at least 27 times if she’s finished her homework.)

TODAY the Islamic observance of the “Fast of Ramadan” begins. Lasting for the entire month, Muslims fast during daylight hours and in the evening eat small meals and visit with friends and family. For more than a billion Muslims around-the-world, including some 8 million in North America, Ramadan is a month of blessing marked by prayer, fasting and charity.

TODAY is “School Librarian Day” but don’t say anything about it too loud or you’ll get a detention.

SATURDAY is “Dictionary Day,” celebrating the 1758 birth of Noah Webster, one of the most famous of lexicographers, who 1st published “Webster’s Dictionary” in 1828.

SATURDAY is “National Boss Day”, conveniently observed on a weekend so many workers will miss seeing theirs. A recent survey on bosses finds …
• 79% of workers say they respect the boss a great deal.
• 32% of workers feel they could do a better job than their boss.
• The most important qualities workers look for in a boss are ‘leading by example’                   (26%), ‘strong ethics or morals’ (19%), ‘knowledge of the business’ (17%), and ‘fairness’ (14%).

1973 [31] Patsy Cline is 1st female solo performer inducted into “Country Music Hall of Fame”

1981 [23] 1st ‘wave’ created in a sports stadium by professional cheerleader George Henderson (aka ‘Krazy George’) at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, Oakland CA

1991 [13] ‘Tallest Sand Castle’ ever recorded (19.5 feet)

1993 [11] ‘Largest Cookie’ measures 1,001 square feet and includes 3 million chocolate chips (Arcadia CA)

[Sat] World Food Day (UN)
[Sun] Gaudy Day
[Sun] Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day
[Mon] Persons Day (Canada)
[Mon] No Beard Day
[Mon] Hurricane Thanksgiving Day (Virgin Islands)
This Week Is . . . Teen Read Week
This Month Is . . . National Pasta Month


Contestant gets 10 seconds to list 5 things in each category …
• 5 sports only girls play.
• 5 kinds of soup.
• 5 excuses for getting home late.
• 5 places you might hide a birthday gift.
• 5 noises your body can make excluding talking.

Are the following statements true or just a load of hooey?
• The name ‘bobsledding’ comes from the early belief that if the sledders bobbed their heads back and forth, it would help increase their speed. [Dumb … but TRUE.]
• The world’s smartest pig, owned by a math teacher in Madison WI, memorized the multiplication tables up to 12. [BS]
• An Olympic gold medal is actually silver, plated with 6 grams of gold. [TRUE]
• The original inspiration for ‘Barbie’ dolls came from dolls developed by German propagandists in the late 1930s to impress young girls with the ideal notions of Aryan features. [BS]
• When baseball was first played, teams had a second catcher behind the regular catcher whose job was to field foul balls. [TRUE]
• The band Pearl Jam is named for lead singer Eddie Vedder’s grandmother. [TRUE]

Today’s Question: 29% of women have done THIS at one time or another ‘to improve their appearance’.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Stuffed their bra.

The world’s full of cactus … but you don’t have to sit on it.

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